Charity Race Series is on the horizon |

Charity Race Series is on the horizon

Mike Vidakovich
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Mike Vidakovich

Lions, bears, kittens and puppies, oh my!

The homeless, furry animal friends of our valley, and some creatures currently in rehabilitation at the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt, will be the direct beneficiaries of the upcoming Kenny Cline Memorial Sequoia Glen 5K Run/Walk, which will be held in West Glenwood on Saturday, March 16.

The Sequoia Glen will be the first of six races in the increasingly popular Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series, which was started back in 2009 by Wayne Edgeton of the Rifle Recreation Department.

At the time, Edgeton felt as though some local races, which help many worthy charities, were struggling to grow in participation numbers, so he established the running series to help them become mainstays on the fitness event calendar.

“Everyone was doing their own thing,” recalled Edgeton. “People were struggling to keep their races going, so we thought we would start the series and give runners a little something more to shoot for.”

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Each of the races in the CRVCRS awards points to the top 10 finishers in their respective age category. Runners must participate in at least four of the six races to receive a finisher medal and be eligible for awards and prizes in August at the Rifle Mountain Park Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase 5-miler, which serves as the final stop in this year’s series tour.

The charity race series has attracted more participants in each year of its existence, so don’t be surprised at continuing record numbers in 2013.

The Sequoia Glen 5K provides an early spring fitness test on a scenic and challenging run up Mitchell Creek past the Glenwood fish hatchery, before turning around and gliding back down the hill to the finish line on Donegan Road.

This is the 14th anniversary for Sequoia Glen, which is run in memory of Kenny Cline, who hosted the “King of the Hill” party for many years at the race’s tree-lined turnaround point.

A warning to those who may come out to brave the hilly course on the afternoon of March 16. There have been several Bigfoot sightings near Sequoia Glen this winter and into early spring. If you do bump into Sasquatch, fear not. He seems reluctant to exert much effort on chasing runners, as most are too skinny to even make a decent meal.

Come out on March 16, wear green, and support the animal shelters in our area.

The 2013 CRVCRS dates, and the charities they help, are as follows:

• Kenny Cline Memorial Sequoia Glen 5K Run/Walk (Glenwood Springs), March 16, local animal shelters.

• Grand River Gallop 5K (Rifle), April 6, Western Garfield County Meals on Wheels program.

• Titan Trot 5K (Silt), May 4, Coal Ridge High School Booster Club.

• Run/Walk For Their Lives 5K (Silt), June 1, Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation.

• Hogback Hustle 5K (New Castle), July 13, New Castle Lions Club.

• Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase 5-miler and 2.3-mile fun run (Rifle Mountain Park), Aug. 3, Rifle Recreation Department programs.

Mike Vidakovich writes freelance writer for the Post Independent.

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